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24/06/2006
MDO OPEN
 

Rafael Reaps Fifth Successive PSA Title In Brazil

Final:              

[1] Rafael F Alarcon (BRA) bt [2] Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL)   11-6, 11-5, 11-6 (36m)

 

Semi-finals:

[1] Rafael F Alarcon (BRA) bt [3] Ronivaldo Santos (BRA) 11-8, 11-2, 11-6 (21m)

[2] Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL) bt [Q] Luciano Alves Barbosa (BRA) 11-9, 7-11, 11-5, 8-11, 11-7 (59m)

Quarter-finals:

[1] Rafael F Alarcon (BRA) bt [7] Neil Hitchens (ENG) 11-7, 11-3, 11-8

[3] Ronivaldo Santos (BRA) bt [8] Manoel Pereira (BRA) 11-8, 6-11, 11-7, 11-8

[Q] Luciano Alves Barbosa (BRA) bt [4] Armando Olguin (MEX) 11-5, 11-2, 11-3

[2] Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL) bt [6] Jorge Gutierrez (ARG) 11-8, 11-7, 11-8

Semi-finals:

[1] Rafael F Alarcon (BRA) bt [3] Ronivaldo Santos (BRA) 11-8, 11-2, 11-6 (21m)

[2] Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL) bt [Q] Luciano Alves Barbosa (BRA) 11-9, 7-11, 11-5, 8-11, 11-7 (59m)


1st round:

[1] Rafael F Alarcon (BRA) bt Antonio Jose Christovam Junior (BRA) 11-9, 11-4, 11-8

[7] Neil Hitchens (ENG) bt Vinicius Rodriguez (BRA) 2-11, 11-6, 7-11, 11-5, 11-7

[3] Ronivaldo Santos (BRA) bt [Q] Victor Gornati (BRA) 11-9, 7-11, 11-6, 11-5

[8] Manoel Pereira (BRA) bt [Q] Bruno Bolzan (BRA) 10-11 (0-2), 11-4, 11-9, 11-7

[Q] Luciano Alves Barbosa (BRA) bt [5] Edilson Nunes (BRA) 11-5, 11-6, 11-6

[4] Armando Olguin (MEX) bt Marco Olguin (MEX) 9-11, 11-10 (4-2), 10-11 (4-6), 11-6, 11-7

[6] Jorge Gutierrez (ARG) bt [Q] Vinicius Costa (BRA) 3-11, 2-11, 11-6, 11-10 (5-3), 11-6

[2] Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL) bt Fernando Lopez (MEX) 11-9, 11-8, 11-8

Rafael Reaps Fifth Successive PSA Title In Brazil

 

Brazil's Rafael F Alarcon romped to victory in the MDO Squash Open at the MDO Club in the Brazilian capital Brasilia to notch up his 20th successive PSA Tour match win – and his fifth Tour title in a row!

 

The final against second-seeded Colombian Miguel Angel Rodriguez started well for Brazil's six-times national champion, who won five points in a row from 6-6 in the first game to open up a one-game lead.

 

After taking the second, top seed Alarcon fell behind at the beginning of the third, but as Rodriguez began to tire, the local favourite re-established control of the game to forge an 11-6, 11-5, 11-6 victory in 36 minutes.

 

"I am very happy," said Alarcon, the 29-year-old from Sao Paulo who also beat Rodriguez in last week's final of the Ornitargin Open in Goiania.  "These two titles in a week will certainly help me to enter the top 40 in the next PSA rankings in July.  If this happens, I will be the best Brazilian ever on the world rankings, beating Kiko Frisoni, who was number 42 in the world!

 

"I want to thank my whole team - Sabir Butt (my coach), Sergio Oprea (my manager), Eduardo Farias and Ronaldo Abud (my medical team) and my training partners Luciano Barbosa and Edilson Nunes," added the new MDO champion.

 

Opponent Rodriguez was very disappointed:  "Rafael played very well, he volleys everything and made me run to all the four corners!  I became very tired from the middle of the second game - and he knew this.

 

"But it was a good week with two finals that will push me up in the next rankings," concluded the 20-year-old from Bogota.

 

Alarcon is now preparing to go to Europe, where he hopes to compete in the Mamut English Open in Sheffield for the first time in August as well the Heliopolis Open and the World Open in Egypt

 

Rafael & Rodriguez To Meet In MDO Final

 

Brazil's Rafael F Alarcon is one match away from his 20th successive PSA Tour match win – and his fifth title in a row - after beating compatriot Ronivaldo Santos in the semi-finals of the MDO Squash Open at the MDO Club in the Brazilian capital Brasilia.

 

Top seed Alarcon, the six-times national champion from Sao Paulo who has yet to drop a game in the tournament, brushed third seed Santos aside 11-8, 11-2, 11-6 in just 21 minutes to earn his tenth appearance in a PSA Tour final.

 

Rodriguez was more sternly tested in the other semi-final. The 20-year-old No2 seed from Colombia twice had his lead pulled back by Luciano Alves Barbosa, but eventually beat the Brazilian qualifier 11-9, 7-11, 11-5, 8-11, 11-7 in 59 minutes to reach his sixth PSA final over the past two years.

 

The final will be the pair's second meeting in a Brazilian final in eight days after contesting the climax of the Ornitargin Open in Goiania.

 


Barbosa Bounces Into MDO Open Quarters

 

Brazilian Luciano Alves Barbosa became the only qualifier to reach the last eight of the MDO Squash Open when he upset fifth-seeded compatriot Edilson Nunes 11-5, 11-6, 11-6 in the first round of the new PSA Tour event at the MDO Club in Brazil's capital Brasilia.

 

The 2004 Brazilian National champion will now meet Mexico's fourth seed Armando Olguin, who twice had to come from behind to overcome his unseeded younger brother Marco Olguin 9-11, 11-10 (4-2), 10-11 (4-6), 11-6, 11-7 in their first meeting on the PSA Tour.

 

Top seed Rafael F Alarcon is on course to win his fifth successive tour title since March. The 29-year-old from Sao Paulo beat fellow Brazilian Antonio Jose Christovam Junior 11-9, 11-4, 11-8 and will now take on the only Englishman in the field seventh seed Neil Hitchens who needed five games to overcome local player Vinicius Rodriguez 2-11, 11-6, 7-11, 11-5, 11-7.